It should not be a choice between staying home and starving or going out and risking your life. The women of Baunya-Badh have always found ways to provide for their families but now they must choose between two evils. Safety is not a privilege. It’s a right for all.
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Home to many of Dhaka’s daily labourers, this urban slum is in one of the most effected zones in the city. Their families are in need of direct and immediate support. We are looking to support them with direct monthly funding to cover the cost of food and medicine.
61% of Mirpur’s Baunya-Badh’s residents are low income workers living in tin sheds in conjested clusters. They earn their livelihoods through hard physical labour such as pulling rickshaws, masonry, construction. With the lockdown in place, many families with only one source of income, are forced to choose between hunger and the danger of venturing out to seek work. Workers that live hand-to-mouth will now have to skip meals to survive. As per the Government of Bangladesh estimation the medium income of a family of 4 is BDT 7500 to cover most of their daily expenses
will cover the basic hygiene needs of a family for a month
will cover the basic food needs of a family of 5 for a month
will cover the basic medical needs of a family for a month
You must have a home to stay at home. This covers rent.
STAY HOME FUND 7500 BDT Covers the many costs of a 5 member family as they stay safe and home.
‘My father passed away 2 years ago. My brothers are not able to go to work and we are really struggling to make ends meet. My mother has asthma and she often falls ill, and needs inhalers and medicine. We have to spend at least 1800BDT for her medicines every week. Whatever savings we had, we have spent on supplies for this week and we are tensed about the future. My mother has fallen ill worrying about this.’ - Nurjahan Begum
Your donation will go directly to the most vulnerable families in Baunya-Badh slum to cover their monthly costs of food, cleaning supplies and medicine. We have identified those who are in dire need of financial support to cover basic needs. These are big families headed by women with only one earning member who is unable to work due to the lockdown.
Our goal is to be their lifeline in the next 3 months (April, May, June) by guaranteeing 7500 BDT per month so they can meet immediate basic needs and stay safe at home, practicing social distancing to limit the spread of Covid-19.
TDH Italia has been running an education and adolescent empowerment program in this community alongside local partner ARBAN since 1994, serving around 5,000 households. Over the last 26 years of work, they have created a network of trust and an in-depth knowledge of the needs of the community. Moreover, they have created a mobile network of teenage girls through the ‘Jukta Hoe Mukta (JHM) – United We Stand’ project. As a result, they are able to reach out to a total of 2,000 girls through mobile phones. The girls are sending us daily updates on the situation in the slum to keep us up to date.
HerStory Foundation has been running the Incredible Read-Aloud program in the adolescent club and working on creating a career counselling program for the members, to give them an advantage in the future. TDH Italia and HerStory Foundation have partnered to raise funds for the community they know, serve, and care for.
'I live in Baunya-badh, Mirpur. Today I stayed home and did some household chores. People are suffering so much due to the lockdown. An MP of our area sent some relief for the people. People from my area gathered in the nearby school field to collect their relief goods. It's intructed everywhere to maintain a distance of 3 feet to stay safe, but noone follows the rules here. Just for some relief, people are jeopardising their own lives. I think that to distribute relilef, people should not gather in one place. Rather, it would have been better if the relief was delivered to people individually in their homes.'
'I have been home all day as a result of the lockdown. This morning around 10:30 am a rickshawpuller who lives in our lane went out, and returned in an hour. We found that his rickshaw seat was seized by the police. It makes me wonder, if he's not allowed to go out for work, how will he earn? How will he eat? If this is how things will prevail I wonder how how any of us will survive - people will die of starvation. What's shocking is that he has to pay compensation for the seized seat, as the rickshaw is hired. How will he afford any of this? I really hope people can see what this is doing to daily workers. If you won't allow people to leave their homes, at least make sure they have food at home. A starving man will definitely need to go out in search of work.'
'I'm from Bauniabadh D block. Today I was home all day. Until 5pm in the evening I found out that in Block E, in line 19, a man named Babu got infected with corona. The army came and took him to the hospital, along with his family. In the lane he lived in, has been locked down. I only have one request please don't leave the house - stay safe and follow the social distancing rules provided
'I'm from Bauya-badh D block. I was home all day, didn't leave the house. Someone I know - Rehana Parvin and her sister Asma Parvin, died in Kurmitola Hospital last night. They live in Avenue 5. At first noone went to see the body, but later Rehana Parvin's son Hossain went to the hospital to bring back her body. Once he was there the doctors said they won't return the body as they want to test if she died from coronavirus or not. Hossain returned home. Hearing this story everyone from the area begin to panic and asked that Hossain be kept in lockdown. I personally feel, that so many people are going to the hospital - are we supposed to lock down everyone? And more importantly, Asma Parvin didn't live in this area - why must we make his family suffer? Locking them up and not allowing them to leave their houses. This incident happened yesterday but till today we don't know how she died.'
'I live in Mirpur 11 Baunya-badh. Everything has been in lockdown, the numbers in infected people are increasing everyday. Not only are coronavirus cases increasing, but I have noticed that the mosquitoes have also increased and I'm very worried about dengue. What's scary is that the first symptom for both are fever..and I worry that if the city corporation doesn't do anything for the threat of dengue..a lot of people might go to hospitals to get their dengue fever checked, but they risk getting infected by doing that. The goverment must come forward to help this situation. We must also make sure that the area we live in are clean - no drains or waterbodies. Just how we have maintained and tried to incorporate a lot of health and safety measures for corona, we must do the same for dengue. We should use coils, and mosquito nets to make sure we don't get dengue. Something me and my family did today is clean the area the area in and around my house so that we don't attract dengue mosquitoes. It's each of our individual responsibility to do our parts, today we did ours and I hope others will do theirs.'
'Corona has spread out throughout the world. Due to lockdown we need to stay inside. People irrespective of their age or class are suffering from corona. But mainly low and middle income people are suffering more. There is not enough scope of treatment in the meantime. Moreover, there is food shortage. Mirpur is a congested and densely populated area. Here, we really need to be careful and maintain social distance to control spreading of this corona.'
'In our society there are many supersititious beliefs, some of which pregnant women believe in. They have to hear so many things like they can not have green coconut or coconut because that will make their kids have white eyeballs or even cannot have any food during the eclipse because then their kids will be like demons. People still believe in these superstitions. I talked to a pregnant lady from my lane today, and she was telling me how she is worried for her baby. I asked her not to believe in such ridiculous myths and maintain a healthy diet to have a healthy baby. She also asked me about nearby low-cost health facilities. As a team leader of Jukto Hoi Mukto, I used the app to provide necessary information alongside, doing my best to raise awareness among people. '
'Violence against women and children is a punishable offence in Bangladesh. But in our society it's very common. Today, a child took a packet of biscuit from a shop without asking. The shopkeeper caught the child and violently beat him. Hearing the commotion, me and a few others came outside and charged the owner. After hearing out both parties, I told them how no action justifies beating a child - it's a punishable offence. I explained to them the gravity of the situation and afterwards, the owner admitted that he was doing something wrong. I want to encourage others to also raise their voice against violence to ensure that women and children are allowed to lead healthy and peaceful lives.'
'Me and my father Md Kazi Rahman have taken an initiative to tally and make a list of the number of people infected, the number of people hospitalised and dead. The goal is to make people from Mirpur 11 , those that aren't taking this lockdown or situation seriously, to show them these stats. I will share some information from this tally. 1905 people were tested on the 14th. Today, on the 15th, 740 have been tested. 209 people were infected on the 14th. 15th April 1231 people infected. 15th April 4 more people died. On the 14th no corona patient recovered but 15 april 7 recovered. These statistics are alarming and everyone should be very careful now. '
'The number of coronavirus patients are increasing, so far 41 cases of corona has been found. Narayanganj and Mirpur have been declared as danger zone. People in Mirpur area need to be very careful. Everyday I talk about the danger of this virus with my family members and try my best to make people understand the importance of staying clean and staying indoors. Yesterday I kept a drum of waterand soap outside my her house so that all people, especially the poor, can use when necessary. In the mean time, everyone should stay safe.'
'I want everyone to pray to Allah for our betterment. I gathered some of my friends from school and college who are trying to arrange some money so that we can help people in my community who live hand-to-mouth. Those people are really struggling as they cannot even afford one meal a day. We have planned to feed 5-10 families at least for a day. We are hopeful that we will get a good response. If every person does their part, then maybe there will be no people left hungry.'
'I heard from someone that in our area, someone has caught the virus from E block. He was working in CMH hospital. He has been admitted into another hospital and his family as well as that lane has been locked down. Whoever is in E block I hope they maintain their safety. I also request everyone to please pray for Baunya-badh and please stay home because I cannot imagine what will happen to our area if we don't maintain social distancing. '
For a few weeks I have been witnessing the suffering in this area, watching people lose their livelihoods. For a long time I wanted to do something to help them out. I come from a middle class family, and am just a student but I have a earthen money bank that I used to save money in. Today I broke that and found I have around 1300 Tk. I took a little more money from my mom and made relief bags for Ramadan. It contains muri, chhola and daal. I was able to donate to 10 people. I feel very satisfied that I could do my part and help 10 people. If we really try we can help ourselves and those around us.
'I was home all day, doing nothing. Last night at 10pm, 5 people came to our neighbour's house from Narayanganj. Everyone went to visit them. A lot of people tried to tell them to leave because they were worried about corona virus as Narayanganj is a hotspot. Everyone tried to tell them to leave but they refused. Narayanganj is in lockdown and noone can enter or leave the area. Eventually we had to call the police and ask them to leave. It was very scary. '
'Today's death toll stands at 15 people. In the last few days whatever restrictions were in place, this week they seem to be relaxed. I read the news on FB and on the news I saw that people are travelling hidden in the back of trucks. One such truck the police intercepted and asked to check. The truckdriver said there are groceries and other products at the back. Upon checking they saw that behind a few stacks of groceries, there was a truckload full of people. If this is the current situation of Bangladesh, how are we ever going to beat this infection? People are travelling from villages to the city and back, hiding behind food trucks, if this is how we will continue, none of the government interventions will work. I hope everyone stays home as much as possible, and stays safe. '
'I hope everyone is well. I live in a four-storied building that houses 7 families and around 35 people. We live on the ground floor. Right before the coronavirus outbreak we had a new tenant who is a simpleton who doesnt know much about the situation. Today I noticed that she's making half boiled eggs. I told her anything cooked needs to be fully, thoroughly cooked. She told me how she had no idea that this is also one way in which the virus spreads. I gave her more advice and told her how to make sure she cooks all meat and eggs thoroughly and also gave her general advice on hygeine.'
'Although the we are locked down I feel like my days aren't too bad. I spent the day doing household chores as my mother has been very ill for the past 3 days. I spent the day finding out from my friends if they're well. Today in my lane I noticed one landlord who was housing 6 people living in one small, overcrowded room. I told them to be safe and to try to maintain distance as possible. They told me they're poor and they have no choice. My advice to everyone is to wash their hands and maintain distance. '
'I was feeling sick yesterday. I am feelign better today so I helped my mom cook and complete household chores. In the Hindu para near our house, a woman has fever and cold, because of which everyone is saying her son has coronavirus. Everyone from our area is talking about it, angry at them. Without verifying facts, they called the police, they came and checked and realised that they don't even have all the symptoms of coronavirus. I feel upset about this because I know the woman. I went and visited them and tried to calm them down.'
'Most people have different superstitious beliefs. They never question whether those beliefs are factual or not. They even treat disesase based on these beliefs. We have been hearing about a Hujur (religious leader) who dreamt that eating ginger or mint leaves together can help beat the virus. If this were true then such a large number of people would not have corona virus. Rather than believing what we hear, we should verify and re-check facts.'
'People are asked to stay home but they are always outside. Some are out because they have no other means to earn, but most of them are just roaming around. I even see kids roaming around the area . The government is sending help but due to political discrimination and lack of access, people who need it most don't have access to it, rather, there are cases where people such as landlords are receiving two rounds of relief. We can fight the virus if we can just stay home and for that we need to help the poor people that reside in this area.'
'Due to the lockdown I can not go outside. I help my mother with household chores. In my community, government is distributing soap to people. But they are being unfair for even something as simple as soap - they are giving house owners larger ones and others, that really need it, the smaller one. But this is not right. People who are in need are not getting any help. It really pains me to see them like this.'
'A farmer I know has a corn field. Every year he wins a local farming competition. When asked how he manages this, he said he doesn't only look out for his own field he also looks out for his neighbours, because that's the only way to succeed. We all have something to learn from what he told me today.'
'In our area we have a fixed deposit scheme where women pay Tk100 a month to save money, giving it to team leads in each line. Different women from different lanes deposit money, with each women having their own individual accounts of how much they've paid. People under this scheme have received 5 soaps from an NGO that have given it to the team leaders. However, there has been a lot of conversation about the number of soaps varying across each lane's receivers. I found that one of the team leaders, Kamla, stole soaps and didn't give people from her lane their share. When they found out, they confronted her but she had no answer. She was even given tokens to distribute the soaps, but she tore them. When the girls heard this, many went to confront her. My own friend, who falls under her jurisdiction, confronted her about the missing soap and she said she doesn't have them, and also tore the token. They had an argument and everyone in our area was talking about it. We always knew there were theives who stole food, but didnt know there are soap theives too.'
'I can't get out of my house because there are such huge crowds outside and I worry about my safety. It's hard being home all day. Last night we left the house around 12 to go for a walk as then the shops are closed and there are only 2-3 people. In a store 20 steps away from my house, I noticed around 20-25 people crowding there. My mother found that the people are day labourers, some clean drains, some rickshawpullers and 3-4 women. They gather there from 12pm to 3am in the hopes that if anyone comes to distribute relief, they can get some. They told my mother how they haven't been able to go to work because of the lockdown and have no food and no way to sustain themselves. My mother told me this story and I realise that it's been so hard on day earners now - they are being locked down, and that's fine, but I wish someone was doing something for them to help the most needy out. '
'Some boys from my area are distributing relief. A well-known leader gives young leaders some materials to distribute among needy people. But later on they are not checking whether those are distributed properly. People who genuinely need support are not getting any. Rather, those young leaders are keeping those stocks for themselves. Why is it like this? Is it more important to stock goods for yourself instead of helping individuals in need? Maybe, the govt. is also having trouble trying to manage these people. But our govt. is not that weak, right? They should be able to do better.'
'I heard from my neighbour that a boy is going to sylhet from Dhaka for work. Yesterday, his family let us that he will come back here as he couldn't find work. Our landlord was agains't his return, fearing contamintion. When the boy came back instead of staying at home, he has been going outside, meeting his friends and socialising. In his defense his family argues that if he isn't showing any signs of the infection, why should he remain at home? But as people know, after coming from outside, a person needs to be in quaratine for two weeks. But noone is listening.'
'I helped my mother with different household chores, but later I got out because I'm tired of being home. I noticed a lot of people are outside and talking, some of them are my friends. Some came up to me asking why I don't leave the house anymore. I told them they should all should stay home and not leave the house. They agreed that it's dangerous for them. I have only one wish that things get better since it's hard for people to stay home. Especially day wage earners are struggling the most. '
'I want to talk about the situation in my area. Coronavirus cases are increasing. The situation is deteriorating and there is no way to educate and control the people. In Baunya-badh there is no police or authority to maintain the lockdown. They come once at 7am and then everyone scrambles the go indoors. However, the moment they leave, people are back on the streets, talking in groups or going to other's houses.'
'There is one major problem in my area where those who are most vulnerable - rickshawpullers and domestic workers are really struggling. I have noticed this first hand that despite government relief being provided they aren't receiving it. Their names, voter ID card numbers and everything is being noted but the aid is not reaching the right people and that's one of the main problems from here.'
'We have been using the app Jukto Hoi Mukto, and via that app I was able to provide a few people important information. One person told me that their Bhabi, who's pregnant, went to Kurmitola hospital and was refused treatment she was also suffering from a cold and a running nose. He asked me where I could take her since he doesn't have access to any information. I entered the app and found that he could take her to Ma o Shishu Hospital. I took him and his wife there. At first they were reluctant to admit her but then I explained to them that her symptoms are not for corona, they are because of the common cold. We had a bit of an argument too, but fInally they agreed to admit her into the hospital and this was somethign I feel good about today. '
'Everything is under lockdown, even factories and offices. The government has promised that farmers and factory workers will all get their fair wages, but in practice this is not true. My neighbour Forida Apa has two daughters working at the garment factories. It's the 19th but they still havent received their pay. They were told they would be paid on the 12th. Now they are saying payment will be made on the 25th. We can see on the news that the goverment has made their payments and have asked garments workers to open their bkash accoutns to receive they salary - but from what i'm seeing, none of this is reaching them. The area around my house, I cleaned and made a different panelled pathway so that noone can pass by. This is something I feel good about as I know that these are measures I can take to keep my family safe. The lane I live on, I tried to lockdown but people opposed me, so now I am only proteting the area around my own house so noone can complain.'
'For a few weeks I have been witnessing the suffering in this area, watching people lose their livelihoods. For a long time I wanted to do something to help them out. I come from a middle class family, and am just a student but I have a earthen money bank that I used to save money in. Today I broke that and found I have around Tk1300. I took a little more money from my mom and made food bags for ramadan. It contains muri, chhola and daal. I was able to donate to 10 people. I feel very satisfied that I could do my part and help 10 people. If we really try we can help ourselves and those around us.'
'I can't get out of my house because there are such huge crowds outside my house and I worry about my safety. It's hard being home all day. Last night we left the house around 12 to go for a walk as the shops are closed and there are only 2-3 people. In a store 20 steps away from my house, I noticed around 20-25 people crowding there. My mother found that the people are day labourers, some fix drains, some rickshawpullers and 3-4 women. They gather there from 12pm to 3am in the hopes that if anyone comes to distribute relief, they can get some. They told my mother how they haven't been able to go to work because of the lockdown and have no food and no way to sustain themselves. My mother told me this story and I realise that its been so hard on day earners now - they are being locked down, and that's fine, but I wish someone was doing something for them to help the most needy out.'
'I am a team leader of the SmartGirl project from Baunya-badh C block. The lockdown has been in place for a while now. Everyone's life has been effected in many ways. Schools, college and all offices have been shut down. I spoke to my friend Poroma Akhter today. She used to be a kingergarden school teacher and she would run her family with her income from teaching and tuitioning. Every since her father fell ill last year, the responsibily to take care of her family fell on her. As someone from a middle class family - she's unable to ask for help and also doesn't fit the criteria to take the releif goods either. We often overlook middle class families but they, too, are sufffering.'
'I am a Smartgirl Team leader from Mipur 11 - Baunya-badh. Everyday around 6pm the local leaders from my area urge people to stay indoors and maintain social distance, using mics to get their message across. They check places that are usually very crowded places and request people to go home. Everyday from what I hear and see, there are lots of people. I really feel like they need to do this during the day too - the virus can spread any time of the day. I also heard of 30 people hiring a truck to go to their hometown in Mymensingh's Sherpur. With no relief or work in Dhaka, I understand why they would do this but still feel like they put their families at risk by travelling together in such a congested manner.'
'I had a relatively good day today with no challenges. I live in A block Baunya-badh. Day before yesterday there was a small fire accident near my house. People came to douse the fire, but in that small window of time many gathered to watch the spectacle. There were around 40-50 crowding the place for an hour and half. We all know how risky it is to form crowds in this situation yet these people had no regard for it. I really hope people understand the implication of their actions.'
'Last Friday, I heard a story about Mamun from one of the blocks close to my house. His mother has been ill for a while. She's over 60 years old and 2-3 months ago one of her kidneys failed. Her other kidney also almost failed when her family rushed her to Kurmitola Hospital. They asked them to take her to DMCH. Once she reached, she succummed to her illness. In her death certificate it was clearly written that she died from kidney failure. As both Kurmitola hospital and DMCH are testing and admitting coronavirus patients, her dead body wasn't returned to Mirpur as they didn't want to infect the area. Everyone from my area thinks she must have had coronavirus, because of which they didn't allow her body to be returned to her family here. The fear mongering is so high now, anyone will believe anything. Everyone should try to find the truth and not just believe anything they hear.'
'Two people have been infected from our area but there is still no sign of a lockdown. The number of coronavirus cases are rising everyday but it doesn't reflect in Mirpur's residents. I have also seen a rise in domestic abuse cases. Most people are in such a state of fear for their lives and their finances that they are always on edge. The other day I noticed a husband and wife have a row about oil - which escalated to the point where they took the fight out to the roads. Men, especially are on edge and are taking it out on women. Despite all of this noone is following the social distancing rules. Some people that we suspect are infected aren't going to the doctors to get checked in the fear that they wil be ostracised by everyone else. These are scary times.'
'I am the Team Leader for the Girls Off project. Under me I have a network of 10 girls who are normal phone holders. If they ever have any problems or concerns they share it with me, and I try to help them with the Jukto Hoi Mukto app. Last Sunday Karima, a normal phone holder called me to tell me that she is being threatened online by a FB account that has her pictures but a different name. The man behind the account has photoshopped her images on pornographic pictures, and has threatened to make the pictures go viral, unless she agrees to talk to him on the phone and potentially have engage in phone sex. She is young and very scared and didn't know what to do. I asked an elder brother for help and he suggested that she should report it to the police. She filed a GD with the Pallabi police station and they said they will try their best to catch the perpetrators.'
'I am a team leader of the Girls Off project. There are 5 blocks in Baunya-badh. People from many lane's have taken the initiative to lock down their own roads, with temporary baricades placed on either end. Usually no outsiders are allowed. Although these individual initiatives are helping, people that are loitering beyond our lanes are still not practising social distancing. The police comes and disperses crowds and also asks open shops to close. However, the moment they leave the store shutters are open again. We are a high risk neighbourhood since our neighbouring area Palashnagar has already had one corona infected patient, with the entire area locked down. We must be careful and take necessary measures to stay safe.'
'Most people in my area know me as the Team leader from the SmartGirls program. Today my friend called me with a problem. She told me that her cousin who is only 16 years old, ran away with a boy who is 18 years old. The boy lives around my block. She gave me the address and details. Immediately I called 999 and let them know about this child marriage. Within 10-15 minutes the police arrived and stopped the proceeding. I feel like that was the best part of my day - being able to stop a child marriage from taking place. I encourage everyone else to also, please, do their part in stopping child marriages. '
'I began my day with my fajr prayers. Today I realised that the virus is effecting people not just physically, but also mentally. My neighbour's father died in Faridpur, their hometown. He couldn't even go visit his own father because the village chairman refused to let him enter the village, risking contamination. He was threatened that even if he manages to enter his village, the chairman wil make sure he can't go near hear father's body. So much is at stake at a time like this. He broke down in tears hearing this, not being able to see his father's dead body. I really hope we all take this seriously and take measures to keep ourselves safe.'
Two people have been infected with the virus from our area. A 28-30 year old called Jafor and 32-35 year old Baby. Both of them are not maintaining home quarantine, they are going around everywhere with total disregard for others. As they are well-known and have political clout, noone can tell them anything. In neighbouring Palashnagar some people have been infected, but people are better, maintaining home quarantine. A lot of students are unable to go back to classes or join colleges, especially those that were able to give admission tests. Noone is allowed to leave Baunya-badh or enter Palashnagar.
My neighbour from three doors down, Narmin, has been suffering from a fever. She refuses to go to the pharmacy or even show a doctor because she's afraid she might have coronavirus. I explained to her that the virus has other symptoms too. Scared, she refused to find help. Finally I told her to call the health hotline 333. They prescribed paracetamol to her and asked her not to be so scared, and that there is a season change right now for which many people are catching a cold or fever. I feel like this was something good I could help her with today.
Around 2.5 months ago, my 9 year old neice Majeda used to go for Arabic lessons to a hujur next to her house. She told me that the hujur molested her. She got very sick and was afraid to tell her family. When I informed her mother they were trying their best to hide it, afraid that people would judge their daughter. Somehow I was able to convince them, and told them to take the case to the police. Once we did a GD at the station, they asked us to get a medical certificate. Majeda was taken to DMCH where she was given a medical certificate, using which, the police put the hujur behind bars for 6 months, and fined him Tk50,000. I really feel that this was a pivotal moment for me - being able to convince a family to speak up and stand up for their child's rights.
Both the entry and exit gates in Baunya-badh have been closed. Yesterday around 11am Ohid, a rickshawpuller and a woman got into a fight. Ohid parked his gate inside the area, and was trying to get it out, and Shamima refused to let him. A huge argument ensued where Shamima wouldn't let Ohid take his rickshaw and go out. Since the gate was a makeshift one, Ohid opened it and took his rickshaw out, saying he would make a new gate but Shamima wouldn't agree. People from the area sympathised with Ohid since he needed to go out to work and agreed to let him go, as long as he could make a new gate.
Since most people are home, there has been a sharp rise in domestic violence and abuse. As offices are closed and people are not going out of their homes, there are too many people living in each house. This has resulted in a lot of fighting and arguments. Two young boys I know got into a serious fight, and it was hard to break them free.
I spent most of the day completing household chores. My sister is the team leader for a samity. She received 3 cartons of soaps to distribute to 12 houses that have 35 people. I spent my day helping her distributing 5 soaps to each person. I wore my mask and gloves and went door to door - this was the best part of my day, being able to help people.
For the last 3 days my mother had been very sick. I was very upset because she's all I have. She had fever, body ache and also a sore throat. I tried to get the old medicine she used to take but I couldn't find them. When things got really bad, I called the national health hotline at 16263. Upon hearing her symptoms they asked me to take her to Agargaon for a corona test. I knew for sure, that she doesn't have corona virus. Wouldn't it be too risky to take her to such a hotspot, and risk getting the infection? They asked me to take adequate measures to protect ourselves but to get her tested. Later, I decided to take care of her at home. I got her medicine and fed her, today, by the grace of God she is feeling much better and I feel so relieved.
Ever since Ramadan began, the prices of everyday items have increased. We are really struggling to make ends meet. First there is the fear of the virus, then there is the uncertainty of not having jobs, and finally now, to add to that - price hike in food items. Everything has increased by Tk10-20. My father went to the store to buy chhola, it is not Tk80 whereas it was Tk60 a week ago. Brinjal was Tk20 per kg and now it is Tk40. There is no regulatory body to monitor these price hikes, people are charging whatever they want and we are really suffering.